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FILE- In this Dec. 29, 2014, file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen (10) passes during the second half of the Liberty Bowl NCAA college football game against West Virginia in Memphis, Tenn. Heisman Trophy winners no longer need preseason hype and this season even the players considered the front-runners are not quite the household names that Mariota was going into his junior year, including Allen. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Associated Press | August 28, 2015 12:02 am
Pick 6: Heisman hopefuls short on preseason hype
  • U.S. Open tennis defending champion Serena Williams gestures during a press conference at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.  Williams is in position to win a Grand Slam this year if she wins the U.S. Open tennis tournament. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
    A look at Serena Williams’ possible path to true Grand Slam
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 11:43 pm

    Shortly after the draw for the U.S. Open set up Serena Williams’ path to completing a Grand Slam, she offered her own analysis. “It’s not anything simple or easy to go through,” Williams said. Actually, judging by her head-to-head records against many possible opponents, it might be. Still, there are sure to be tests for […]

  • Britain's Dina Asher-Smith, centre, chats with Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, right, and United States' Jeneba Tarmoh after their women's 200m semifinal at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
    The Latest: Eaton leads decathlon after 2 events at worlds
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 10:38 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — The Latest from the IAAF world championships (all times local): ___ 11:20 a.m. Ashton Eaton recorded the best mark in the long jump, following immediately on from his world championship decathlon record in the 100 meters, to lead with 2,070 points after the first two disciplines. The Olympic and world champion recorded […]

  • United States' Allyson Felix reacts after winning the women's 400m final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
    Americans add 2 golds at worlds from Felix and Taylor
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 9:09 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — Allyson Felix and Christian Taylor were out of their comfort zones at the world championships. Felix, because her best event is not the 400 meters. And Taylor, because he is still getting used to leaping off his right foot in the triple jump. What they showed Thursday is that they’re so good, […]

  • Pearland, Texas' Caleb Low, right, hits the game-winning two-run home run off Bonita, Calif.'s Jacob Baptista during the eighth inning of a United States elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in South Williamsport, Pa. Pearland won 9-7. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    Texas, Mexico get 2nd chances in LLWS title games
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 9:06 pm

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The title round at the Little League World Series is flush with second chances. Pearland, Texas, hit a pair of homers in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night for a 9-7 victory over Bonita, California, and a berth in the U.S. championship game against what amounts to the […]

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt is tracked by photographers and a cameraman on a segway as he celebrates after winning the men's 200m final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
    Taking down Bolt is not easy, but a cameraman gives it a try
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 9:02 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — Only when the running stopped and the picture-taking began did Usain Bolt finally meet his match. Bolt blew past Justin Gatlin and everyone else Thursday night in the 200 meters to win his 10th career gold medal at the world championships. What finally upended the 6-foot-5 Jamaican was a multitasking cameraman riding […]

  • U.S. Open Tennis defending women's champion Serena Williams speaks during a press conference at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Williams is in position to win the Grand Slam this year if she wins the U.S. Open tennis tournament. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
    Serena Williams could face Sharapova in US Open semifinal
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 8:50 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams could play an All-American U.S. Open. As she seeks the first Grand Slam since 1988, the top-ranked Williams might find herself competing against the past and future of her country’s championship hopes. A potential third-round opponent is 22-year-old Sloane Stephens, who beat her in the 2013 Australian Open quarterfinals […]

  • China's Liu Hong celebrates after taking the gold in the women's 20k race walk at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
    China finally gets gold when Liu Hong wins worlds 20K walk
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 8:03 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — China finally earned its first gold medal of the world championships on Friday with Liu Hong leading a 1-2 finish ahead of teammate Lu Xiuzhi in the 20-kilometer walk. Despite the early-morning start, tens of thousands of home fans packed the stands in the Bird’s Nest to welcome home the walkers and […]

  • FILE - In this May 10, 2007, file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a football to some of the workers that took a break while working on a Habitat for Humanity home in the Musicians Village in the Ninth Ward of  New Orleans. Drew Brees had little choice but to sign with a downtrodden franchise in an epic disaster zone in the spring of 2006. Yet, in the decade since Hurricane Katrina laid waste to much of New Orleans, it has become apparent to the record-setting quarterback that the timing of his career-threating, throwing-shoulder injury, which left him with no better option than to become a Saint, could not have been better. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)
    Longtime Saints recall the team’s role in Katrina recovery
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 2:59 pm

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coming off a career-threatening injury, Drew Brees had little choice but to sign with a downtrodden franchise in a disaster zone. Sean Payton became coach of the Saints only after being passed over for the job he really wanted in Green Bay. Receiver Marques Colston and linemen Jahri Evans and Zach […]

  • ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 29-30 - FILE - At left, in a Sept. 11, 2011, file photo, Serena Williams looks at the championship trophy after losing the women's championship match to Samantha Stosur at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. At right, also in a Sept. 11, 2011, file photo,  Samantha Stosur reacts after winning the women's championship match against Serena Williams at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. (AP Photo/File)
    US OPEN 2015: Women who beat Williams say belief important
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 12:34 am

    So here’s the question 127 of the 128 women in the U.S. Open’s main draw will ask themselves: How do you beat Serena Williams? A solid return helps, of course. As can the occasional free point off a big serve. And an ability to hang in there at the baseline on extended groundstroke exchanges. Still, […]